MAG Session at IFA conference – Call for Papers
MAG has arranged a half-day session at next year’s Annual Conference for Archaeologists. The session, to be held on the 8th April, concerns regulatory change in the marine area and will ask whether proposed legislation is sufficiently forward-looking to ensure flexible, but robust, protection for the underwater cultural heritage throughout the United Kingdom.
If you would like to propose a paper this session, please send a short abstract of between 250-500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 October 2008. A copy of the conference timetable is attached for information.
MAG Bulletin deadline for Submissions!
Deadline for Submissions to MAG Bulletin is the 3rd October. Be quick!
New Archaeological Guidance for Developers
‘Archaeology and development – a good practice guide to managing risk and maximising benefit’., is available from CIRIA for £80.
A full list of the contents and further information are available online.
The guidelines cover the organisation of UK archaeology, the relevant legislation, the nature of archaeological work, and how archaeological investigation can be integrated into development projects. Extensive use is made of case studies to highlight the potential benefits and pitfalls.
The text reflects the current situation in law and planning guidance, though flags up the main proposed changes under HPR, and references the Heritage Bill (April 2008).
Maritime Archaeologist (Designated Wrecks)
EH is looking for an Archaeologist, for a temporary position, to take forward casework relating to the physical management of the 45 Designated Wreck Sites in England’s waters, and any new sites protected under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. In addition, the Archaeologist will assist with the delivery of UK-wide duties in relation to that Act transferred to English Heritage from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
The National Maritime Museum Opens Maritime Photo Archives Online– The NMM has joined the photosharing community at flickr. The archive includes images from three separate sites – the Maritime Galleries, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House.
Seabed archaeology goes virtual– A new 3D simulator will allow people to operate their own virtual submersibles and explore underwater archaeological sites.
Shipwreck Policy is Inadequate– Rex Cowan, former member of the Government Shipwreck Advisory Committee, writes that policy for protecting wrecks is a failure. The Times, 11 Sept 2008, p29
The Euro Venus (Virtual Exploration of Underwater Sites) project is creating a permanent digital record of shipwrecks around European coasts. It is hoped the initiative will prevent damage by divers taking souvenirs from underwater archaeological sites. The Guardian, 9 September, p1